Of all the reviews I posted on the IMDb, this one had the most positive response. Is it because I did the unthinkable and compared Shirley Booth to Marilyn Monroe?
About Miss Booth
Though she was known for her many roles on Broadway and an even more famous part on television, Shirley Booth did not seem to build much of a career as a movie star. Maybe this is because she was rather unlike other actresses that were headlining motion pictures in the 1950s. And that’s a good thing, really, because for every Marilyn Monroe, it’s kind of nice to have a Shirley Booth, who stands out and gives us something decidedly different and special.
In this film, ABOUT MRS. LESLIE, she is paired with Robert Ryan who plays against type as a mysterious magnate. It’s fun to watch him make romantic gestures towards Miss Booth’s character. Of course, his idea of companionship differs significantly from hers, yet a bond is forged and it is a lasting connection. Booth displays a range of emotions in this film, and she gets the chance to sing. The story of the couple’s unusual courtship is told mostly in flashback, with several subplots in the present to balance out the narrative.